10 Best New Year's Day Memories of the BCS Era

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10 Best New Year's Day Memories of the BCS Era
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Boise State RB Ian Johnson

New Year's Day is the pinnacle of college football, and though the two best teams have squared off several days later in recent years, January 1 is the one day you don't want to miss.

The Rose Bowl is the highlight of the day, and it's usually surrounded by several intriguing SEC-Big Ten matchups along with a second BCS tilt later at night.

Given the sheer number of great players and great teams coming together in one, glorious, 12-hour span, madness is going to happen. And what a journey the special day has taken us on throughout the BCS era.

If you're a fan of a team fortunate enough to play on New Year's Day, you probably have your own set of memories that stand out above any other. But we've collected some of our favorites over the past 15 seasons, and they're now part of college football lore.

So take a look at the 10 Best Memories from New Year's Day games in the BCS era, and feel free to share some of your own as well!


All stats via ESPN unless otherwise noted.

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